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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates trying to place initiatives on California's ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month. The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. However, critics say the bill would unfairly empower unions - their members would be counted as volunteers even if they're on labor's payroll. Phil Ung of California Common Cause said the measure would do little to remove the influence of big money on the initiative process while giving an unfair advantage to unions.
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BUSINESS
November 20, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Union strength in the workplace has dwindled, but, not satisfied with that, many Republicans are now pressing for legislation to weaken labor's still impressive strength in the political arena. The goal is to blunt the increasingly sharp political tools that unions use to get their nearly 20 million members to vote for labor-endorsed candidates, most of whom are Democrats.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1994
Regarding "Can He Do Side-Splitting Action?," David Kronke's interview with writer-director James Cameron (July 17): The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, representing more than 24,000 members in Southern California who are engaged in the "below-the- line" crafts on motion picture productions, deeply resents James Cameron's statement to The Times. Quoting from your story: "They really stuck it to us," he says of the unions. "But I'm not gonna be stuck twice.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a defeat Thursday to public employee unions in a case from California, ruling that unions must win approval in advance from dissenting members before they collect extra dues in mid-year to pay for a political campaign. The dispute turned on a relatively small amount of money, but one that involved an important principle of the 1stAmendment. The case also carried echoes of the recent fights in Wisconsin and other states over limiting the power of public employee unions.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. labor unions are losing members faster than they can recruit new ones as membership declined by 280,000 employees in 2002 to 16.1 million, the Labor Department said. Last year 13.2% of U.S. workers belonged to a union, a decline from 13.4% in 2001 and 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BOOKS
August 11, 1991
I enjoyed Samuel G. Freedman's review of Stephen Fraser's "Labor Will Rule" (July 21), except for the first two paragraphs in which he seems anxious to portray present-day unions in a negative light. These opening remarks by a reviewer of great writing skills and stature in literary circles puts him in a class of thinkers who are, seemingly, eager to see the unions die and to write their obituary. It was my good fortune to have worked closely with union leaders in our Southern California urban megalopolis for 34 years--1937-1971--including the leaders of the Sidney Hillman Labor Center in Los Angeles.
NEWS
December 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
Chinese police detained a man who had been organizing factory workers' efforts to form an independent union, sending him to a psychiatric hospital, a human rights group said Saturday. Electrician Cao Maobing was committed Friday to Yancheng city's No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital, said the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Cao had been leading unionization efforts by 300 workers at a state-owned silk factory in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Catherine Saillant
Months after much of organized labor fought hard to block his election as mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti tried to mend fences Wednesday with a call for solidarity with unions in their struggle for more jobs that pay middle-class wages. “Now more than ever, our fight must be for more than just jobs,” Garcetti told hundreds of union leaders at a national AFL-CIO convention in downtown Los Angeles. “It must be for good jobs - jobs that don't just pay rent, but that help you buy a home, jobs that don't just pay the bills, but that can send your children to college.” Maria Elena Durazo, the Los Angeles County Labor Federation leader who ran a major independent campaign against Garcetti in the May election, welcomed the mayor's remarks, saying unions were focused on the tasks ahead.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Five well-known Hollywood performers have accepted featured roles in a major television and radio advertising campaign extolling the virtues of unions, AFL-CIO officials disclosed in weekend interviews. Commercials with Jack Lemmon, Tyne Daly, Martin Sheen, Howard Hesseman and Dionne Warwick will be filmed in Hollywood in mid-April and will begin airing on May 11, according to Larry Kirkman, executive director of the Labor Institute of Public Affairs, the AFL-CIO's television unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions this week ratified the new labor agreements that ended a four-day regional rail strike in October. In a statement posted on BART's website Saturday, officials said the new four-year agreements would address the growing cost of employee benefits while allowing the agency to modernize an aging infrastructure. “The Bay Area and our riders will benefit from these contracts because BART will be able to move forward with the replacement of our aging fleet of train cars and the needed upgrades to meet demand,” BART General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement.
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